Winter in Fairbanks

The sun, high in the late afternoon sky, is warm on my bare arms this spring, 2001, day in Alaska. From my deck I have a view from Hidden Hill out over the spruce swamp to Ace Lake, a mile away—a glittering diamond set in the hollow of green hills on three sides. Permafrost, solid for thousands of years, rests just under the spongy moss: hardly passable now, but last winter’s ski trails through the swamp to the lake are still visible. Since July 2000, I have been living in a community with nine others at Hidden Hill🔒

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Brad Sheeks returned to Philadelphia at the end of April 2001 after serving as Friend-in-residence with Chena Ridge Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, since the previous July. He works as a visiting RN for a local hospice service and is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, currently serving as clerk of its Membership Care Committee. He and his wife, Patricia McBee, have been leading couple enrichment workshops since 1975, most recently at Pendle Hill.

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